When suspected militants barged into the homes of three special police officers in Shopian in south Kashmir early on Friday morning, the unarmed men were caught unawares — one was having a bath, another had just returned from offering morning prayers and the third was waiting for his mother to give him rotis for breakfast.A steady stream of mourners gathers at the modest house in Batagund of one of the victims, Kulwant Singh. His mother, Pushpa Devi, is inconsolable.“I was making rotis when a number of gunmen barged in, looking for my son, who was inside the bedroom. He was waiting for me to cook breakfast,” she recalled.Kulwant’s wife and father Dhoop Singh were away in Jammu when the incident took place. The SPO leaves behind a daughter and a son.“They [gunmen] promised to release him soon. Why did they kill? What was his sin,” Ms. Pushpa Devi asked.Nisar Ahmad Dhobi, also a father of two from Kapren in Shopian, had just finished his morning prayers when the militants entered his house.“As soon as he returned to his bedroom, the gunmen barged in. They asked him to accompany him. They swore by their guns to release him soon. They said he would quit the police force on camera and return home,” said Dhobi’s nephew, who last saw him at the gates of his house when the militants warned him not to step out.“What sin had he committed? Like other policemen, he was ready to quit the police force. Yet, they killed them,” said a relative.The gunmen came knocking at the bathroom for policeman Firdous Kuchay, son of Abdul Gani, also from Batagund.
England retained the Ashes on Australian soil for the first time in 24 years by completing an emphatic innings and 157-run win over Australia on Wednesday’s fourth day of the fourth Test.England’s victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground means it travels to the final Test in Sydney starting Sunday with a 2-1 series lead, but as the Ashes-holder, England needs only to draw the series to keep the urn.Tim Bresnan claimed the final wicket and his fourth of the innings when Ben Hilfenhaus was caught behind for a duck to dismiss Australia for 258 before lunch. Last batsman Ryan Harris could not bat due to a foot injury.”We’re very excited right now. It’s a special occasion, the MCG game. And to come out here and retain the Ashes will live long in all our memories,” England captain Andrew Strauss said.The England team completed a lap of honor to the cheers of a vocal MCG crowd, pausing to return the applause of its contingent of “Barmy Army” fans.Brad Haddin brought up a gutsy half century in an 86-run eighth-wicket partnership with Peter Siddle, but they could only delay the inevitable. Haddin ended the match on an unbeaten 55 with four boundaries and a six.Australia resumed on 169-6, and Chris Tremlett dismissed Mitchell Johnson in the second over of the day when the tailender edged a seaming delivery onto his stumps without adding to his overnight score of 6.Siddle was caught by Kevin Pietersen at long-on off a Graeme Swann ball for 40. His aggressive innings came off 50 balls with four fours and a six.advertisementThe Australian lineup was reduced to ten batsmen after paceman Harris broke down with a stress fracture to his left ankle Tuesday. Harris, 31, is almost certain to require surgery.Australia’s loss looked inevitable from day one when it was dismissed for a paltry 98 in two rain-shortened sessions on the first day. A capitulation became inevitable on the second day when England replied with a first-innings total of 513 for a massive 415-run lead.”The really important thing we need to do is pay credit to England and the way they played for the whole tour,” Australia captain Ponting said. “Apart from the third Test, they’ve played a really high level of cricket the whole way through, not only this series, but the tour games as well. Credit to them for the way they prepared.”Bresnan claimed the vital wickets of Shane Watson, Ponting and Michael Hussey after tea on Tuesday to become the architect of yet another destruction of Australia’s misfiring top order.Bresnan, who replaced Steven Finn in England’s bowling attack for the fourth Test, ended the innings with figures of 4-50. Tremlett had 1-71, Anderson had 1-71 and Swan finished with 2-59.Shane Watson provided Australia’s second highest score of the match with 54, while the England lineup featured knocks of 168 from man of the match Jonathan Trott, 85 from Matt Prior and 82 by Alastair Cook, proving the MCG wicket had plenty to offer the batsmen.Siddle’s bowling provided the only highlight for the Australians, taking 6-75. Johnson, who took 9 wickets in Australia’s 267-run win at Perth in the third Test, was far less effective in Melbourne, conceding 134 runs for his two wickets.”The Boxing Day Test is a massive Test match, huge atmosphere with the Ashes on the line,” Strauss said. “So for the bowlers to bowl the way they build on that first morning, there was a lot of pressure on their shoulders to be fair. Trotty stood up with the bat, but everyone got stuck in because we realized this was our chance to hammer it home,” he added.Australia captain Ponting’s future will come under even more intense scrutiny in the light of the series result, his failure with the bat, a finger injury and his unseemly remonstrations with the on-field umpires Monday after having a reviewed decision ruled not out.After making just 10 runs in Australia’s brief first innings, Ponting was unable to make amends and managed 20 in the second – extending his poor form throughout the series.England will now look toward sealing a series victory at the SCG.”We should enjoy tonight, and rightly so, but it’s back to square one for Sydney,” Strauss said. “There’s a lot of confidence in our camp and we need to channel that the right way to make sure we play the same brand of cricket in Sydney as well.”Australia, in a throwback to the 1980s, will regard the Sydney Test as an opportunity to end a bad series on a positive note.advertisement”We can go to Sydney with a chance of being able to level the series and regain some pride in the team performance, and also give the fans around us something to be proud of,” Ponting said. “That will be our whole focus from now till the end of the Sydney Test.”Numbers Game20 Number of Tests won by England at the MCG in 54 matches7 Number of Tests won by England at the MCG by an innings. This was their second biggest victory at the venue after 1911- 122 This was Australia’s second defeat by an innings at home since 1992- 93. Both defeats came in this year’s Ashes series8 Number of half-centuries scored by Brad Haddin in 31 Tests. It was his fourth against England in eight Tests4 / 50 Best bowling figures of Tim Bresnan in his sixth Test.After 23 years England will return home without losing the Ashes on Australian soilStats compiled by Manoj Kumar read more
LG will unveil its next V-series smartphone– LG V40 ThinQ– at a special event in New York on October 3 and in Seoul on October 4. Days ahead of its official launch, the phone has been spotted on Geekbench. The listing on the benchmarking site has revealed that the V35 ThinQ successor will sport 6GB RAM and run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.The listing has also confirmed that LG upcoming flagship smartphone will run on the older version of Android operating system i.e. Android 8.1 Oreo out-of–box, which might disappoint many fans who were expecting the phone to run on the latest version of Google’s mobile OS i.e. Android 9.0 Pie.Meanwhile, LG, in a 30-second-long teaser shared in its Korean newsroom earlier this week, confirmed that the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ will sport five cameras- a triple camera setup with an LED flash at the back and a dual camera setup in the front. Besides this, the Korean electronics giant has confirmed that its upcoming smartphone will sport a 6.4-inch screen and while it be made of glass, it will sport a matte finish, which will give it a better grip while holding in hands.Apart from this, LG, in its Korean newsroom has also confirmed that the phone will be available in three colours– Platinum Gray, Carmine Red and Morokan Blue. Additionally, the fingerprint scanner will be placed directly below the horizontally placed triple camera sensor.Meanwhile, from what we know so far, the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ will come with a POLED display with a resolution of 3120×1440 pixels. It will sport thin bezels on the top and on the bottom and come with a special button for invoking Google Assistant. As far as the specifications are concerned, while the GeekBench listing has confirmed a 6GB RAM, the phone is likely to come with an internal memory of 128GB. In terms of audio, the phone could feature support for the company’s Quad DAC and Stereo Speaker Boombox audio technologies.advertisementALSO READ: LG V40 ThinQ coming soon: Top features, expected launch date, India price and everything that we know so farIn addition to that, a specs sheet leaked online last week revealed that the phone will be powered by a 3,300 mAh battery. read more
The Observer Sean Ingle Rugby union Share on Pinterest Elton Jantjies missed a last-minute penalty as South Africa and Australia drew 27-27 in Port Elizabeth, their second draw in this year’s Rugby Championship after a 23-23 stalemate in Perth on 9 September.Jantjies had a chance to win it for the home side with a kick from a tight angle but the fly-half hit it well wide soon after slotting in an easier effort to bring the Springboks back level. Both sides scored three tries in an exhausting match at altitude with players on both teams looking as though they were out on their feet at the end of 80 minutes. Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Read more Rugby Championship Support The Guardian Share on Messenger match reports Share on Twitter Australia rugby union team Since you’re here… Topics Lure of cash and fame leaves sport caught in concussion’s moral maze Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp South Africa rugby team Marika Koroibete, making his first start for the Wallabies, scored two tries but also gave away the penalty that might have led to his side’s defeat had Jantjies not squandered the chance.Australia opened the scoring with an 11th-minute try from Israel Folau but the Boks replied within eight minutes as Ross Cronje set up the score with a pass that the prop Ruan Dreyer took over the line.Two penalties from Bernard Foley and a reply from Jantjies had Australia 13-10 up at half-time, after which came four tries in the space of 14 minutes as the two sides crossed over twice each.The centre Jan Serfontein began the exchange in the 43rd minute as he dotted over after an initial burst down the wing by the flanker Siya Xolisi to see the Boks go ahead for the first time.But Xolisi missed a tackle four minutes later as Foley, winning his 50th cap for the Wallabies, set up a debut try for Koroibete.The winger Courtnall Skosan showed strength as he went over the line with two tacklers on top of him to restore South Africa’s lead in the 49th minute with Jantjies converting for a narrow four-point lead.Foley then again set up Koroibete for a third Wallabies try and the successful conversion from a difficult angle had the visitors three points ahead again.Poor handling cost South Africa chances in the final 15 minutes but Jantjies tied the score with a penalty after Australia’s winger Reece Hodge was penalised for holding on to the ball nine minutes from time.The Boks, looking for some redemption after their 57-0 thrashing in Auckland a fortnight ago, were then handed the opportunity for victory when Koroibete had his hands in a ruck but the kick was too difficult for Jantjies to convert.“It looked like nobody wants to win it,” said Australia’s captain, Michael Hooper. “It was good for the spectators but disappointing for us,” countered his Springbok counterpart, Eben Etzebeth.The result was enough to ensure that New Zealand retained the Rugby Championship before the World Cup holders’ match against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday night kicked off. read more
zoom Hong Kong’s Seaspan Corporation today closed the sale of its series G preferred shares for gross proceeds of USD 115 million.The company said that it intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include funding acquisitions, funding capital expenditures on existing newbuild vessels and debt repayments.Seaspan sold a total of 4.6 million series G preferred shares, including an additional 600,000 shares under the option exercised by the underwriters.The shares have been priced at USD 25 per share.Additionally, Seaspan filed an application to list the series G preferred shares on The New York Stock Exchange.The company revealed its plans to launch a USD 100 million public offering of its 8.2% series G cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred shares last week.Seaspan’s managed fleet consists of 118 containerships representing a total capacity of over 935,000 TEU, including 14 newbuilding containerships on order scheduled for delivery to Seaspan and third parties by the end of 2017.The company’s current operating fleet of 89 vessels has an average age of approximately six years and average remaining lease period of six years, on a TEU weighted basis. read more
After two weeks of learning language, song, dance and storytelling, another group of young people have a better understanding of the Gaelic culture. The ninth session of Eilean nan Òg, Gaelic for Island of Youth, a 10-student program run in co-operation with Highland Village Museum and led by Mary Jane Lamond, also joined museum staff in hands-on activities of historical rural life in Gaelic Cape Breton such as weaving, spinning, soap making and farming. Local tradition bearers allowed the participants to hear first-hand of the hardships faced by the Gaelic-speaking community, as well as the importance of preserving Cape Breton’s Gaelic culture. As the teens in the unique program gain more skills and confidence in the Gaelic language, the benefits become evident in the youth community. Past participants have become volunteers in local activities, and become more involved in community projects that promote Gaelic language and culture. For more information on Eilean nan Òg, or other programs at Highland Village Museum, call 902-725-2272, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . read more
APTN National NewsDocumentary makers go far and wide to show their films.But that’s not the case for one Inuk film maker.For years, she would only show her film to Indigenous audiences.Monday in Montreal, she relented, but only with certain conditions.APTN’s Tom Fennario email@example.com
Climate change negotiations at a United Nations conference in Nairobi are progressing toward decisions on key issues that include adaptation, financial mechanisms, deforestation, technology transfer and capacity building, officials there said today.Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said countries, in discussions on reducing future emissions, were focusing on a workplan for subsequent negotiations. They have agreed that the next step should focus on “mitigation potential,” or “what can we actually do to reduce emissions of industrialized countries.” Concluding the first week of talks, the 189 parties to the Climate Change Convention are also discussing various ways to move forward on future commitments for industrialized countries to reduce emissions after the Kyoto Protocol, which covers a commitment period of 2008 to 2012. “The Convention is telling you that you need to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with climate systems,” Mr. de Boer said. “In order to achieve that goal you need to take action. The question is how can you take that action most effectively at the national level and through cooperation at the international level.”Mr. de Boer said a proposal from the Russian Federation that would make it possible for any country in the future to make voluntary commitments to reduce emissions was the subject of serious discussions and disagreements, and that countries were deciding how to deal with it. Progress has been on an international programme to reduce emissions in countries with economies in transition. The programme, known as Joint Implementation, provides a new market-based mechanism to promote emission reducing projects through cooperation between industrialized countries and countries with economies in transition, was officially launched on 26 October. Another mechanism, the Clean Development Mechanism, already exists to promote development in developing countries through the trading of emission rights.Daniela Stoycheva, Chair of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee that oversees Joint Implementation, said four projects had been received so far, in Bulgaria, Russia and Ukraine, and that 125 were expected in 2007. She said countries that buy emission rights included Austria, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and Spain.Mr. de Boer said there is a very large potential for Joint Implementation projects in countries with economies in transition because emissions can be reduced to a lower cost there. read more
NEW YORK — Right-hander Parker Bridwell was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels by the New York Yankees, who opened a roster spot by designating infielder Ronald Torreyes for assignment.Bridwell, 27, was 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance for the Angels in 2017, then missed much of this year because of right elbow inflammation. He was 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA in one start and four relief appearances over 6 2/3 innings for the Angels and 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake.Bridwell is 11-3 with a 4.60 ERA for Baltimore and the Angels in 28 games over three seasons. He was designated for assignment last week by the Angels.The 26-year-old Torreyes was among the most popular players in the Yankees clubhouse, a 5-foot-8 backup often hoisted into the air by teammates to high-five 6-foot-7 Aaron Judge. Torreyes hit .292 with 36 RBIs in 315 at-bats over 108 games in 2017, but spent much of this year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and batted .280 with seven RBIs in 100 at-bats over 41 games for the Yankees.New York announced the moves on Monday.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more
The Mets, who already leaned heavily on their pitchers — only the Yankees and Athletics got a higher share of their total WAR from pitchers in 2016 — are in line to become even more pitcher-reliant this offseason, as several of their fielders enter the free-agent market. Sure, ageless wonder Bartolo Colón has departed for the Atlanta Braves, but New York’s biggest free-agent questions were always going to involve position players.One of those questions was answered Monday, when Neil Walker accepted the Mets’ qualifying offer, saving New York the headache of trying to fill a hole at the keystone. But they still have to account for the possible loss of outfielder Yoenis Céspedes, who’s projected for 3.0 WAR in 2017. Given the gap in the lineup that losing his bat would leave, there’s a case to be made that the Mets should just pony up whatever it takes to re-sign Céspedes. But “whatever it takes” will probably amount to quite a bit of money in this year’s weak free-agent class, and there are other, cheaper options available: Dexter Fowler (2.3), Carlos Gómez (2.1) and Ian Desmond (1.5) stand out. Look for the Mets to go that way.Speaking of Gómez and Desmond, they’re part of what could be a mass exodus from Texas, as they join first baseman Mitch Moreland (0.8), designated hitter Carlos Beltrán (0.4), and starting pitchers Derek Holland (1.8) and Colby Lewis (1.1) in free agency. Sorting it all out is going to be a tough winter assignment for Rangers GM Jon Daniels.Signing Mike Napoli (0.9) for another Texas tour of duty or going slightly up-market for Edwin Encarnación (2.3) would go a long way toward replacing Moreland and Beltran (both of whom could, of course, come back), and it’s not unreasonable to expect either Desmond or Gómez, both of whom can play center field, to return. The bigger problem is in the rotation, where Holland and Lewis had contributed nearly 30 percent of Texas’s rotational WAR since 2010. The Rangers don’t have any obvious internal options to step into those spots, and the free-agent market looks thin aside from Rich Hill (2.9), who’ll probably get better options elsewhere. A trade may be in the offing.North of the border, the Blue Jays have just over nine wins coming off their roster, headlined by the aforementioned Encarnación, plus longtime star José Bautista (2.9), and the recently departed — also to Atlanta! — R.A. Dickey (2.0), among others. Some of Dickey’s production can be replaced with relative ease, but signing Kendrys Morales (0.9) and Cuban superstar Lourdes Gurriel Jr.4Who wasn’t projected by Fangraphs. significantly lowered the odds that either Encarnación or Bautista will return to the Blue Jays next year. Of the two, Bautista is the most likely to come back — at 36, he doesn’t have much upside left, he had a down season last year, and he is clearly comfortable in Toronto. No matter what happens, this offseason has already done much to reshape the Jays’ talented roster.Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a league-high 12.5 projected wins rolling off their roster, mainly in Justin Turner (3.7), Rich Hill (2.9), Josh Reddick (2.1), and Kenley Jansen (1.5). Jansen, a lights-out reliever, will probably get the most press this offseason, but L.A.’s shake-ups in the field — which have already included trading away Howie Kendrick and Carlos Ruiz — will be the most interesting to watch.The Dodgers seem likely to retain at least one of their four big free agents, but they probably won’t keep all four. That’ll mean some tough choices: L.A. can probably survive Reddick leaving, but there aren’t many enticing options available if Turner ends up packing his bags. A trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for Evan Longoria has been bandied about by the Twitter cognoscenti, but that’ll cost L.A. a haul in terms of both prospects and dollars, if the Rays’ past dealmaking habits — and complicated relationship with the current Dodgers’ front office — is any indication. The Dodgers have enough smarts, money and talent to contend for years to come; they’ll need all three to get this offseason right.There are limits to thinking about the offseason purely in terms of projected free-agent WAR, to be sure. For one thing, projection systems — even the very best — have flaws. For another, teams often have a better sense of their own departing free agents’ skill sets — and likelihood of performance decline — than anyone else, inside or outside the industry, so they may be basing their free-agency decisions on information that projection systems don’t have. And, more broadly, trying to evaluate whole offseasons through the lens of free agency alone misses the extreme impact that trades — and normal player development and growth — will have on the state of the league in 2017. But knowing how the projections treat every club’s outgoing free agents can give us a better sense of how the offseason will play out for each team, whether they spent 2016 at the top of the heap or staring up from the basement. In Major League Baseball, just about the only thing harder than getting to the top is staying there. In that respect, this year is no different than any other. Each of the four teams projected to lose the most production in free agency this winter — the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets — were playoff teams in 2016, and each of them must now move with speed and smarts to shore up their position among baseball’s elite.To some extent, it makes sense for top free-agent talent to be clustered in top teams: While the average turnover rate for MLB rosters is somewhere around 30 percent, playoff teams tend to have — big shocker here — better players than non-playoff teams, so 30 percent of a playoff team’s roster1Even if turnover is distributed unevenly among players with different amounts of service time, as this Ben Lindbergh piece suggests it generally is. is likely to be a more capable bunch than 30 percent of, say, the Atlanta Braves’ roster.2Bartolo Colon’s recent arrival notwithstanding.Still, by combining a list of major-league free agents compiled by Spotrac with Fangraphs’ Steamer projections for each player’s wins above replacement next year,3We downloaded Fangraphs’ list of players and their projected WAR on November 12, 2016. Numbers are accurate as of that date. Some players may not appear in Fangraphs’ data set, and we excluded the 24 free agents who have not played in the big leagues in the last two years and therefore were not projected by Fangraphs’ system. it’s possible to get a rough sense of which teams will have their work cut out for them on the free-agency front. These numbers were calculated going into free agency, so they don’t reflect the first few signings of the offseason. They do, however, accurately reflect the wide range of challenges teams faced at the outset of the main period of the offseason. read more
She explained: “There isn’t enough education and it should start really quite young, explaining that there is a range and that – just as we all look different in our faces – we all look different down there, and that’s OK.”The doctor thinks labiaplasty should only be performed on girls who have a medical abnormality.In 2015-16, more than 200 girls under 18 had labiaplasty on the NHS, and over 150 of the girls were under 15.”I find it very hard to believe there are 150 girls with a medical abnormality which means they needed an operation on their labia,” she said.The majority are performed by private surgeons on women over the age of 18.Despite the industry being criticised for fueling insecurities, plastic surgeon Miles Berry defended the surgery.He told the BBC: “It can change people fundamentally, the feelings they have about themselves, their confidence and self-esteem.”I have seen patients aged between 16 and 21 who have never had a boyfriend because they are so concerned about this.” Ms de Zulueta said it is the fault of pornography and social media. She said she is yet to see a young girl who needs the operation.Paquita de Zulueta, a GP for more than 30 years, told the BBC that it is only in the past few years young women have been coming to her with concerns about the shape of their privates.She said: “I’m seeing young girls around 11, 12, 13 thinking there’s something wrong with their vulva – that they’re the wrong shape, the wrong size, and really expressing almost disgust.” Unbelievable that any doctor would perform this surgery on a young girl! What a shame that young girls feel this way about their bodies.— Stephanie (@StephanieIvey13) July 3, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The teenage girls seeking genital surgery – including one who was just 9 years old https://t.co/eVcTEzvDw2 #VictoriaLIVE— Victoria Derbyshire (@vicderbyshire) July 3, 2017 Girls as young as nine are reportedly seeking surgery on their private parts because of insecurities stemming from adult content such as pornography, according to leading doctors.Naomi Crouch is a gynaecology specialist and she told the BBC about the worrying trend.She said: “Girls will sometimes come out with comments like, ‘I just hate it, I just want it removed,’ and for a girl to feel that way about any part of her body – especially a part that’s intimate – is very upsetting.”The doctor also said she was worried that GPs are referring young girls for unneeded labiaplasty – an operation where the lips of the vagina are shortened or reshaped. read more
Yes.No.Don’t know.Vote Don’t know. (455) No. (3662) Poll Results: THE GAA HAS reached a deal with residents near Croke Park which means that no more than three concerts a year will be held at the inner-city Dublin stadium.It comes following a long running dispute that intensified when the stadium agreed to hold eight concerts over the course of this summer, going back on earlier commitments to cap it a three.Some residents say the concerts hamper their quality of life while others say it goes with the territory of living near an 80,000-seater stadium.Today’s poll, Would you live beside a large stadium? Yes. (2589)
If you thought Grumpy Cat hated everything, you’ve never met Pompous Albert. He’s the newest member of the commercial realm’s character lineup, joining the likes of Grumpy Cat with his genuine dislike for most things. Pompous Albert is firmly part of Honda’s camp, and he really gives ol’ Tardar Sauce a run for her money.Albert the cat doesn’t like anything, really. That’s why he chooses Honda’s Authorized Service Center if he needs something done to his vehicle. And that’s why he’s starring in a Honda commercial, natch. He doesn’t like ‘80s parties, yoga, or anything to do with “meh” vehicles. You can’t really blame him. Who likes most of those things, sans the ‘80s parties?The commercial itself isn’t very long, but it does a good job of introducing the cat (which isn’t a prop or a plush toy, by the way) and a surreal set of vignettes. No one likes a terrible mechanic. Word.Heck out the catchy new commercial and see if you don’t instantly become a fan of adorable little Albert. I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely here for another unique cat. The likes of Grumpy Cat, Lil’ Bub and now Pompous Albert give me life. Nine of them, to be exact. And they’re so darn cute. What do you think about little Albert and this quirky new Honda commercial? Maybe Albert just needs a hug to save him from all those unpaid internships after all? Or just a nice brushing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Chonky’ 26-Pound Cat Goes Viral Online, Receives Potential AdoptersFirefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered It Stay on target read more
Beaches reconstruction delayed, delivery mix up at airport Recommended for you Related Items:beaches, qatar royalty Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Qatar royalty is residing with a large and lavish contingent at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Originally, Magnetic Media was informed that it was the actual emir of Qatar who brought in a 200 person delegation including wife and seven children, but we now correct that it is brother of the emir who is enjoying a vacation on the World’s #1 Island Destination: Providenciales. High security alert is on at Beaches, which is the World’s Leading six-star family all inclusive, and with the TCI Police Force. read more
(Jim Dau / Alaska Department of Fish and Game)One of the most exclusive animal hunts in the United States happens on a small corner of Alaska on the Bering Sea. On two subarctic islands live herds of a large, prehistoric mammal that roamed the tundra during the last Ice Age. Muskoxen are prized for their fatty, flavorful meat and soft, warm fur. Every year, thousands of people apply online for less than 200 winter permits to hunt them in Alaska. Or, for the truly devoted, you can travel to Bethel to sign up in person.It’s 7:30 a.m. outside the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Bethel. It’s dark, above freezing, and a line of vehicles, each holding a couple of men, wait outside. A white jeep has its window down.“I’m Adam London,” says the man sitting in the driver’s seat, holding a paper coffee cup. “This is my first winter here in Bethel. My buddy Kent over here convinced me that it’d be a good idea to come camp out and try to get a muskox permit.”Kent Wong is sitting in the passenger seat. He’s from Anchorage, and for more than 20 years he has applied annually for a muskox permit in the state lottery; he has never gotten one. So when London moved to Bethel, he saw his chance. The two men had been in the parking lot since the prior afternoon, leaving only, as London said, “for a quick potty break and getting some coffee.”In a large, blue van next to them lounge two hunters from Fairbanks. The van belongs to the Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, where London works as a pastor. He offered the van to the hunters to sleep in so they wouldn’t have to pitch a tent in the parking lot.“It’s an outreach [ministry],” London joked.At 7:45 a.m. an ADF&G biologist shows up; the permits open at 8 a.m. Unlocking the door, the biologist announces that the hunters can start chasing him inside. But there’s no need to chase him. The men have already agreed on their order and written it on a ripped-out sheet of notebook paper taped to the door. The paper is referred to as both an “honor system” and “a gentlemen’s agreement.” According to the long-time hunters, this agreement has never been broken.At the Bethel office are two muskox permits for Nelson Island and 10 permits for Nunivak Island.The name on the top of the list, for the only bull permit, is 18-year-old Avery Hoffman of Bethel, who had not left the parking lot in 24 hours.“I have done this before,” Hoffman explained, wearing glasses instead of his usual contacts after a night of sleeping in his 1997 Ford Explorer. “The last time I waited in line, I was in line for about three days. My teacher would come and bring me my school work, and he would pick it up at the end of the day and bring it back to the school.”Hoffman has hunted muskox on Nelson Island for years. The young, though experienced, hunter shared pointers with the out-of-towners from Anchorage and Fairbanks as they waited.“When you’re out there you mainly look for black, because they’re black. You look for black things on the white ground,” Hoffman described. “Look on the hills. Sometimes they’re on the peaks up there where the wind is, and we take our binoculars and we glass across. And we ask the locals around there to have a general idea where the muskox are.”A few minutes before 8 a.m., another experienced hunter walks in. Tim Bee of Bethel says that he has hunted muskox on Nunivak Island at least 24 times. And for the first time, Bee didn’t need to camp overnight to get his permit. Competition has gone down, and no one from outside Alaska even came this year. Last year, a hunter from New Jersey camped in the parking lot for a week. Of the 12 open slots, five are still available when Bee arrives.“The cost of going out to Nunivak is pretty expensive,” Bee explained. “It’s a $500 to $600 ticket. And just the logistics of getting across the island on a snowmachine; you have to rent a snowmachine. You can’t bring your own out there.”Then, without any announcement, ADF&G biologist Patrick Jones begins to hand out the permits. Jones knows all the names by sight. Either he knows them from Bethel, or he met them in the parking lot the day before, so calling out names isn’t necessary.Jones says that the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta mainland could open a muskox hunt in as little as 10 years if the current population of the animals continues to grow.The Nelson and Nunivak Island muskox permits became available in Bethel on January 15, 2019.A total of 133 Nunivak Island muskox permits were given out this year: 63 draw bull permits online. 10 registration cow permits in Bethel. 60 registration cow permits in Mekoryuk.A total of 50 Nelson Island muskox permits were given out: two bull and two cow draw permits online. One bull and one cow registration permits in Bethel. Twenty-two cows and 22 bull registration permits in Newtok. read more
Popular on Variety The three-on-three hoops action of Big3 — the basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube that features former NBA stars in fast-paced, half-court games — will be coming to Facebook later this month.Fox Sports signed a deal with the social-media platform to stream one Big3 game per week live during the 2018 season exclusively on Facebook, free to anyone in the world to watch. The games on Facebook will lead in to three additional games, which will air exclusively on Fox or FS1 (and simulcast live in the Fox Sports app) during the regular season and playoffs.The pact tips off with the Big3 season opener in Houston on June 22, available on the Big3 on Fox page (facebook.com/big3onfox) for the first nine weeks of the season. In addition to getting exclusive live access to nine games this summer, Facebook will host highlight packages and game recaps for all 37 games, including the championship in Brooklyn on Aug. 24. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Big3 launched its inaugural season last year, with a format in which the first team to 50 points wins along with other novel features like a four-point line (30 feet from the net). The league was founded by producer-actor-rapper Ice Cube and his manager, entertainment industry exec Jeff Kwatinetz.“Given that our fans had an average age of more than 10 years younger than typical basketball fans, we want to provide digital viewing experiences so they can engage with our league in a format that best suits their viewing preferences,” Big3 co-CEO Kwatinetz said in a statement.“Basketball conversation doesn’t have an off-season on our platform, so we’re excited for these social-first broadcasts to amplify this engagement over the summer,” added Devi Mahadevia, Facebook’s live sports programming lead for North America.The first Big3 game to stream on Facebook (June 22) features a matchup between Rashard Lewis’ 3 Headed Monsters and Mike Bibby’s Ghost Ballers. That will be followed by FS1’s broadcast of Chauncey Billups’ Killer 3’s and Dermarr Johnson’s 3’s Company; Corey Maggette’s Power and Brian Scalabrine’s Ball Hogs; and Kenyon Martin’s Trilogy and Jermaine O’Neal’s Tri-State.The league’s players include Amar’e Stoudemire, Baron Davis, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups, Metta World Peace, and Nate Robinson, along with well-known coaches like Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Gary Payton, Nancy Lieberman and George “The Iceman” Gervin.Pictured above: Trilogy’s Al Harrington (r.) shoots with Killer 3’s Reggie Evans defending during the Big3 league’s debut at the Barclays Center in New York in June 2017. read more
More information: Chemical mapping of a single molecule by plasmon-enhanced Raman scattering, Nature 498, 82–86 (06 June 2013) doi:10.1038/nature12151AbstractVisualizing individual molecules with chemical recognition is a longstanding target in catalysis, molecular nanotechnology and biotechnology. Molecular vibrations provide a valuable ‘fingerprint’ for such identification. Vibrational spectroscopy based on tip-enhanced Raman scattering allows us to access the spectral signals of molecular species very efficiently via the strong localized plasmonic fields produced at the tip apex. However, the best spatial resolution of the tip-enhanced Raman scattering imaging is still limited to 3−15 nanometres, which is not adequate for resolving a single molecule chemically. Here we demonstrate Raman spectral imaging with spatial resolution below one nanometre, resolving the inner structure and surface configuration of a single molecule. This is achieved by spectrally matching the resonance of the nanocavity plasmon to the molecular vibronic transitions, particularly the downward transition responsible for the emission of Raman photons. This matching is made possible by the extremely precise tuning capability provided by scanning tunnelling microscopy. Experimental evidence suggests that the highly confined and broadband nature of the nanocavity plasmon field in the tunnelling gap is essential for ultrahigh-resolution imaging through the generation of an efficient double-resonance enhancement for both Raman excitation and Raman emission. Our technique not only allows for chemical imaging at the single-molecule level, but also offers a new way to study the optical processes and photochemistry of a single molecule. When a weak light beam of green color illuminates the molecule alone, the molecule is visible but lack of structural details (owing to the optical diffraction limit). However, when positioned under a tip, a much more intense and localized red-shifted light, produced by the plasmonic field, is acting on the molecule. The combination of both beams projects the vibrational fingerprints of the molecule into the emitting beam, chemically resolving the inner structure of the molecule with sub-nm resolution. Credit: Dong Xie and Rongting Zhou. Raman spectroscopy is where chemists shine a laser on a small group of molecules and then measure the light as it’s bounced back. The photons from the light source cause the molecules to vibrate and to interact with the bonds that hold molecules together causing a shift in their frequency—the scattering that results is unique for each type of molecule and thus allows for the method to be used as a means of identifying molecule types. Citation: Researchers use Raman spectroscopy and STM to allow chemical mapping of molecules to 1nm resolution (2013, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-ramen-spectroscopy-stm-chemical-molecules.html Journal information: Nature Owing to the optical diffraction limit, a single porphyrin molecule cannot be resolved by conventional optical imaging with a green laser alone. However, when the molecule is positioned under a tip, a much more intense and localized red-shifted light, produced by the plasmonic field, is acting on the molecule. The combination of both beams projects the vibrational fingerprints of the molecule into the emitting beam, chemically resolving the inner structure of the molecule with sub-nm resolution. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org Top left: experimental map of an isolated porphyrin molecule for a given vibration frequency revealing the four-lobe pattern. Bottom left: theoretical calculation of the same molecular vibration showing its fingerprint. On the right: molecular structure of the porphyrin used in the experiment. Credit: Guoyan Wang and Yan Liang. Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules Left: Schematic diagram of tunneling-controlled tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) in a confocal-type side-illumination configuration, in which Vb is the sample bias and It is the tunneling current. A laser light is focused into the nanocavity defined by the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip and substrate. The strong local plasmonic field generated by the incident laser causes the enhancement of Raman scattering from the single molecule underneath the tip. Top right: TERS spectrum acquired on the lobe; Bottom right: TERS map for the vibrational mode at about 817 cm-1 and corresponding line profile. Credit: Zhenchao Dong The researchers note their technique is still in the very early stages of development—thus far they’ve only been able to use it on one molecule—a ring-shaped porphyrin. The process they note, is difficult and can take weeks or months carry out making its application impractical at this point for general research efforts. Also it only works when the molecule under study is held in a vacuum and in a -200° C environment. If the technique can be fined tuned however, it will allow future chemists to identify the atoms in individual molecules. Such a tool could open the door to new ways to study molecules at the nano-scale level as well as the bonds that hold them together. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at China’s University of Science and Technology has succeeded in developing a chemical mapping technique capable of revealing the constituent atoms of a single molecule. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they combined Raman spectroscopy with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to allow for chemical mapping of a molecule to a resolution of less than 1nm. A STM is a device that allows for creating images of materials at the atomic level—one of its unique features is the very tiny metal tip used at the point of scanning. In this new effort the researchers combined Raman spectroscopy with STM to allow for unprecedented levels of molecular mapping.Prior research has shown that when a STM tip is placed within nanometers of certain metals, plasmonic excitation occurs that when combined with Raman scattering can allow for mapping molecules to within 10nm. In this new research, the team has found that if the frequency of the plasmonic excitation is adjusted to match the molecular vibrations caused by photons from the laser light, the Raman signal is increased sharply, resulting in an ability to map the molecule being studied to less than 1nm. Explore further read more
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Twenty-two percent of voters think it is disrespectful that a 9-1 team is not favored to beat a team two games lower in the standings. Sunday’s matchup is the first meeting between these two teams this season. In their last meeting (Week 16 last season), the Cardinals snapped Seattle’s 14-game home winning streak with a 17-10 victory. – / 26 Top Stories Every day, ArizonaSports.com asks readers a question. It’s the Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, and it can be found midway down the right side of our home page.On Thursday, we asked how you felt about the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals being underdogs to the 6-4 Seattle Seahawks.A total of 526 votes were submitted, and 46 percent of voters are not worried about what Vegas thinks of the Cardinals.Nearly a third believe Arizona should be underdogs with a back-up quarterback on the road in a difficult place to play. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo read more
Go back to the enewsletterQueensland’s newest outback luxury property, Mt Mulligan Lodge, has set an official opening date of 15 April 2019. The lodge accepted guests during a short soft-opening period at the end of 2018 through to early January, but has been closed since then as it prepares for the grand launch.Located on a 28,000-hectare outback property, guests staying at Mt Mulligan Lodge will be able to experience the spirit of North Queensland’s backcountry through a unique landscape and a place where people have lived and worked for tens of thousands of years.The lodge accommodates 16 guests and features eight luxury suites, a pavilion for meals and relaxation, an infinity pool and a sunset bar. Each room at Mt Mulligan Lodge is assigned its own ATV for self-guided tours.There are three cabin categories available:Outback Room: Offering views overlooking the sparkling weir and the majestic Mount Mulligan, these stunning rooms are perfect for couples or people travelling as a duo. The rooms provide luxury in a laid-back and modern Australian style. Priced from $1,700 per night for two guests.Outback Retreat: With same views as the Outback Room, these stunning retreats are perfect for couples looking for some extra space to unwind or for those with an additional guest. Priced from $2,400 per night for two guests, $550 for an additional adult or $275 for an additional child.Outback Pavilion: Similar views to the Room and Retreat, the Pavilions are designed with families and groups in mind. Priced from $3,300 for four guests.The new lodge is the latest offering by Northern Escape Collection, which also operates the Orpheus Island Lodge and Daintree Ecolodge.More information at https://www.mountmulligan.com/Go back to the enewsletter read more
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